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The CIRI Foundation Awards $568,735 Fall Term Scholarships and Grants

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - September 17, 2009 - The CIRI Foundation (TCF) is proud to announce that during these especially tough economic times; it has been solely focused on helping eligible individuals attend post-secondary educational and training institutions.

TCF is pleased to support the educational pursuits of Our People in 2009. Following the June 1 and June 30 deadlines, more than 280 individuals were awarded scholarships and grants totaling $568,735 for the fall semester. These awards include general semester scholarships, career upgrade grants, and vocational training grants.

The CIRI Foundation is in its 27th year of supporting educational dreams. Since 1983, more than $16 million in scholarships and grants has been awarded to CIRI original enrollees and descendents seeking post-secondary education and training all over the world. "Being affected by the economy myself, I appreciate any financial help," 2009 General Semester Scholarship award recipient Bryan Wisdom said. "The CIRI Foundation has made an effort to include as many applicants as possible rather than simply cutting off completely those who would usually be eligible for a scholarship award. As one of those students, I would like to express my gratitude, no matter the amount of the award, every little big helps. So thank you again for all your efforts and help during this time of economic decline."

The mission of The CIRI Foundation is to promote individual self-development and economic self-sufficiency through education and to maintain pride in culture and heritage among Alaska Natives who are original enrollees of Cook Inlet Region Inc. and their descendents

Contact The CIRI Foundation via phone, 1.800.764.3382 or 907.793.3575 or e-mail tcf@thecirifoundation.org. Application information, selection criteria, and guidelines for these merit-based awards can be reviewed online at www.thecirifoundation.org.

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